Farm Share & Mkt Share Ordering…9.17.2014

Farm Share Members: You are currently signed up for our Summer Season which provides you with a share of vegetables each week through the end of September.Sign up is now open on our website for our Fall Farm Share season, which provides you with a weekly share for the 9 Wednesdays in October and November.

Farm Share CSA Members – this week’s share will likely consist of:
Kale, Hearty Mix, Arugula, Green Beans, Tomatoes and…
At CMS pick up: Watermelon!
At On-Farm pick up: Watermelon, OR choose Peppers & Okra

Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Simple Tomato Salad
Watermelon Salad (with mint and arugula)
Watermelon Salad, version 2 (with mint and feta)  Or just eat the yummy melon plain….
Toasted Bread with Burrata & Arugula (thanks to a farm stand customer for this suggestion — or just enjoy Arugula with Burrata & olive oil, salt, pepper…)
Chicken Club Salad with Kale and Dijon Buttermilk Dressing
Linguine with Green Beans (how sad the recipe calls for canned, but you know fresh are better…)

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Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering of the following harvest for pick up on Wednesday, Sept 17 (on farm, at Good Health Herbs, or at Central Montessori School in Church Hill):

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Beets, Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Hearty Mix, Kale, Peppers (padron, jalapeno), Squash, Tomatoes (including bulk special pricing), Turnips (sweet Hakurei)…plus our Pepper Jelly, Naturally Leavened Artisanal Bread, and child sized BFF Hoodies.    

** Remember our Farm Stand is open every day (as long as it’s not raining).

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork Crew

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Certified Naturally Grown Farm in search of:
~ Dorm-sized (miniature) fridge ~ Used Gas Grill ~ Used/Second-Hand piece of  Kitchen Countertop ~

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VABF Richmond Farm Tour
Richmond Biological Farm Tour Weekend: September 20 & 21, 2014

Shake the Hands that Feed You!
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 &
 21, 1 PM to 6 PM

We will be participating in this inaugural weekend of farm tours in the greater metro Richmond area. Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day — or two — of meeting farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Learn more here and stay tuned for the complete list of farms on tour.

Cat & Chickens Available…and delicious produce…for 9.13.2014

That’s right – this week we have a cat and chickens (live!) available, in addition to our wonderful produce. No charge for the cat or the chickens!
DSC_0025Why, you ask, are we giving away a cat and chickens? Great question.
DSC_0032We adopted the cat, black and named Hannah, from the Richmond Animal League last year, hoping she would be an appropriate, mouse hunting, farm cat. Little Hannah, however, wants to be a housecat. We cannot have a housecat. So, if you would like a housecat, please let us know! She is small, pretty independent other than wanting to be in a house with people, and enjoys a bit of petting but not too much. She will scratch a person if she wants to be left alone. DSC_0024Chickens: Some of you know we used to sell eggs from our chickens, but we haven’t this year. This is due to our flock becoming smaller (“natural” attrition) and older and thus not laying as many eggs. While decreasing in number, these chickens have also made it clear to us that they don’t fit into our farming systems very well. It takes a lot of energy to keep them out of our vegetables. If you want one, two, three or more chickens, let us know. They are older girls (about 4 years old) but still have some laying left in them. And they will be find backyard birds.DSC_0028Plus, we are having a baby this fall and are looking to decrease the number of beings that need our care this fall and winter! None of the children are up for grabs, so chickens and a cat are!DSC_0031Our farm is participating in the first annual Richmond farm tour weekend – 12 biological/organic farms are all on tour the same weekend: September 20-21, 1-6 pm both days. Hosted by the VABF and Ellwood Thompson’s, the event is still in need of volunteers to handle ticket taking/check in of tour goers at each farm. Volunteer one day and you get a free pass to tour farms the next day – plus you get to hobnob with some of your favorite farmers as part of behind-the-scenes event management. Learn all you need to know here, and sign up to volunteer (maybe even here at our farm? We’d love to have you help out.)DSC_0030This Week’s Harvest:

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Hearty Mix, Okra, Peppers (jalapeno, padron, sweet yellow, sweet red, lunchbox), Salad mix, Summer Squash, Tomatoes (red slicers, paste, bulk options of seconds), Watermelon (large, oblong, pink inside) …plus our Naturally Leavened Bread, Pepper Jelly, and now Salsa! (canned with our veggies this week at the Prince Edward Cannery).

~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew   DSC_0029  (Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

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Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)

We continue at two farmers’ markets this Saturday: South of the James in Forest Hill Park, from 8am – 12pm, and the Brandermill Green Market in Market Square from 9am – 12pm.

2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market , or at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.DSC_0033

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VABF Richmond Farm Tour
Richmond Biological Farm Tour Weekend: September 20 & 21, 2014

Shake the Hands that Feed You!
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 &
 21, 1 PM to 6 PM

We will be participating in this inaugural weekend of farm tours in the greater metro Richmond area. Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day — or two — of meeting farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Learn more here and stay tuned for the complete list of farms on tour.

Farm Share & Mkt Share Ordering…9.10.2014

Farm Share Members: You are currently signed up for our Summer Season which provides you with a share of vegetables each week through the end of September. Sign up is now open on our website for our Fall Farm Share season, which provides you with a weekly share for the 9 Wednesdays in October and November.

Farm Share CSA Members – this week’s share will likely consist of:
Hearty Mix, Arugula, Salad Mix, Okra, Green Beans, Collards, Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes

Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Tomato Soup- easy and delicious VitaMix recipe! (We made it this weekend without basil. Still delicious.)
Pickled Okra
Pickled Green Beans
A great collection of Southern Living tomato recipes found here
Asian Pear & Arugula Salad (it’s asian pear season!)
Greens Soup (use our bag of Hearty Mix in place of the kale and spinach, plus our tomatoes. Celery is optional but delicious, in our opinion.)

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Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering of the following harvest for pick up on Wednesday, Sept 10 (on farm, at Good Health Herbs, or at Central Montessori School in Church Hill):

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Chard, Eggplant, Garlic, Hearty Mix, Okra, Peppers (padron, jalapeno, lunchbox), and Tomatoes…plus our Pepper Jelly, Naturally Leavened Artisan Bread, and child sized BFF Hoodies.    

** Remember our Farm Stand is open every day (as long as it’s not raining).

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork Crew

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Certified Naturally Grown Farm in search of:
~ Dorm-sized (miniature) fridge ~ Used Gas Grill ~ Used/Second-Hand piece of  Kitchen Countertop ~

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VABF Richmond Farm Tour
Richmond Biological Farm Tour Weekend: September 20 & 21, 2014

Shake the Hands that Feed You!
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 &
 21, 1 PM to 6 PM

We will be participating in this inaugural weekend of farm tours in the greater metro Richmond area. Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day — or two — of meeting farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Learn more here and stay tuned for the complete list of farms on tour.

Agriculture, and the Home…for 9.6.2014

Many a farming mentor of ours has said that everyone is happier when all of the agriculture has moved out of the house. We keep reminding ourselves of this as we haul tomatoes crates onto the back porch (because they are the one crop we don’t put in cold storage), or pack up the farm stand supplies and bring them in the house when it rains…We keep reminding ourselves of this when the days are extra long with Dan framing out work areas in the barn and running electrical wires. (We should be able to call for our first electrical inspection soon. This is one important step closer…)
DSC_0010There are very good reasons for outbuildings: they make it easier to produce and process this wonderful food, and they make the farm family happier by not making the household share space with produce storage, harvesting and washing supplies, market booth supplies, and the like. With the combination of the impending fall and the barn starting to become functional, we just might not be able to keep the smiles off of our faces. We might become annoying with our level of giddiness. Thanks for tolerating us.
DSC_0017Brassicas are in the ground (these are the kale/broccoli/collards, etc family). Final successions of tomatoes and cucumbers in the high tunnels are looking good. Carrot germination for the fall was poor, which we are mourning. But late summer, burning hot temperatures make carrot germination pretty tough, so thanks for understanding.
DSC_0021This week the Salad greens continue to abound, and our beloved Hearty Mix of greens returns, after quite the summer hiatus. Enjoy this mix raw (alone or mixed with a milder salad), steamed, sauteed, braised, or in a smoothie. It is versatile and flavorful.
DSC_0022Our other major product of this season is this baby growing in Janet’s belly. A number of you have been sweetly inquiring about the status of this belly and baby. (Thank you!) We likely have another 5 weeks or so until we get to meet this little one – an October birth is expected. Our market booth arrangement currently has Janet at Brandermill, and Dan at work on the farm on Saturdays, attempting to get the agriculture out of the house through progress on the barn. We promise an email/website/facebook/instagram update once we have this babe in our arms. Until then, cross your fingers for cool weather, hearty greens harvests, and good looking sweet potatoes to be unearthed. This baby wants a sweet potato pie soon after birth!
DSC_0023Shares are now available for Fall Farm Shares – you get in return a weekly share of vegetables for the months of October and November (9 weeks). Details and sign up on our website. Pick up is on Wednesday afternoons, and on-farm pick up is always the preferred location. Additional pick up options are in the works for Church Hill (at Central Montessori School), at a private home in the Wamsley/Hull/Newby’s bridge area (Creekwood Neighborhood), and at Glenmore Yoga & Wellness in the West End. If enough shares are purchased for a given location, we will make it a drop off/pick up spot. Learn more, spread the word, andsign up on the CSA page of our website.
DSC_0015Our farm is participating in the first annual Richmond farm tour weekend – 12 biological/organic farms are all on tour the same weekend: September 20-21, 1-6 pm both days. Hosted by the VABF and Ellwood Thompson’s, the event is still in need of volunteers to handle ticket taking/check in of tour goers at each farm. Volunteer one day and you get a free pass to tour farms the next day – plus you get to hobnob with some of your favorite farmers as part of behind-the-scenes event management. Learn all you need to know here, and sign up to volunteer (maybe even here at our farm? We’d love to have you help out.)
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This Week’s Harvest:

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Hearty Mix, Okra, Peppers (jalapeno, padron), Salad mix, Summer Squash, Tomatoes (red slicers, paste, bulk options of seconds) …plus our Naturally Leavened Bread and Pepper Jelly.

~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork Crew

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

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Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Roasted Garlic
Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
Ten Best Okra Recipes (from Southern Living)
Bell Pepper, Mango, & Onion Chicken (we suggest using our white onions…they are plenty sweet and delicious to sub for the red onion it calls for)
Roasted Summer Vegetables with Honey Glazed Sausage & Couscous

We continue at two farmers’ markets this Saturday: South of the James in Forest Hill Park, from 8am – 12pm, and the Brandermill Green Market in Market Square from 9am – 12pm.

2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market , or at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.
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VABF Richmond Farm Tour
Richmond Biological Farm Tour Weekend: September 20 & 21, 2014

Shake the Hands that Feed You!
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 &
 21, 1 PM to 6 PM

We will be participating in this inaugural weekend of farm tours in the greater metro Richmond area. Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day — or two — of meeting farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Learn more here and stay tuned for the complete list of farms on tour.

Farm Share & Mkt Share Ordering…9.3.2014

Farm Share Members: You are currently signed up for our Summer Season which provides you with a share of vegetables each week through the end of September. Sign up is now open on our website for our Fall Farm Share season, which provides you with a weekly share for the 9 Wednesdays in October and November.

Farm Share CSA Members – this week’s share will likely consist of:
Tomatoes (slicing and cherry), salad greens, okra, squash, onions, garlic, and sweet peppers.

Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Roasted Garlic
Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
Ten Best Okra Recipes (from Southern Living)
Bell Pepper, Mango, & Onion Chicken (we suggest using our white onions…they are plenty sweet and delicious to sub for the red onion it calls for)
Roasted Summer Vegetables with Honey Glazed Sausage & Couscous

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Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering of the following harvest for pick up on Wednesday, Sept 3 (on farm, at Good Health Herbs, or at Central Montessori School in Church Hill):

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Chard, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Okra, Peppers (padron, jalapeno, sweet yellow), Salad Mix, Summer Squash, Tomatoes…plus our Pepper Jelly, Naturally Leavened Artisan Bread, and child sized BFF Hoodies.    

** Remember our Farm Stand is open every day (as long as it’s not raining).

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork Crew

CSA for Fall, Volunteers for Tour, and Salad Love…for 8.30.2014

For the love of fall….We know there is still almost a month left of summer, but with Labor Day around the corner and the deliciously cool mornings of late, we have tasted fall and are invigorated.
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Bed prep and fall planting is continuing at a manic pace.
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We aim each season to have a full selection of our fall vegetables up until Thanksgiving. This work now allows the harvest of that food then.
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A note about CSA today: Our Community Supported Agriculture members, as CSA stands for, are the lifeblood of our farm. Seriously. The 50 or so current members allow us to get our season started in January – beginning the tens of thousands of plants that become our community’s food throughout the main season. These trusting, invested CSA members then allow us to start the preparations for fall in July and August. Thank you!
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We are humbled by the willingness of our CSA members to share in the risk of small scale, biological vegetable growing.
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Now preparing for the end of our 4th season in business, we feel good about how we have been able to show our community that in hot, drought summers, cooler, wet summers, and in between, we have been able to deliver our CSA members an appropriate, delicious, nutritious return on their investment.
bouquet CNG sign We are ready to add more CSA members to our lovely little farm, and want to encourage you to join us in this relationship. Shares are now available for Fall Farm Shares – you get in return a weekly share of vegetables for the months of October and November (9 weeks). Details and sign up on our website.lettuce
(Pictured above is the salad love. Yum oh yum.) 
Pick up is on Wednesday afternoons, and on-farm pick up is always the preferred location. Additional pick up options are in the works for Church Hill (at Central Montessori School), at a private home in the Wamsley/Hull/Newby’s bridge area (Creekwood Neighborhood), and at Glenmore Yoga & Wellness in the West End. If enough shares are purchased for a given location, we will make it a drop off/pick up spot. Learn more, spread the word, and sign up on the CSA page of our website.DSC_0008
Metal roof for the barn will be delivered soon, and framing out the downstairs work areas continues…squeezed in when we can around normal farm work. It’s a slow process, and a labor of love, but each day is a day closer to this space being usable and making almost all farm activities better!

Final note today: Our farm is participating in the first annual Richmond farm tour weekend – 12 biological/organic farms are all on tour the same weekend: September 20-21, 1-6 pm both days. Hosted by the VABF and Ellwood Thompson’s, the event is still in need of volunteers to handle ticket taking/check in of tour goers at each farm. Volunteer one day and you get a free pass to tour farms the next day – plus you get to hobnob with some of your favorite farmers as part of behind-the-scenes event management. Learn all you need to know here, and sign up to volunteer (maybe even here at our farm? We’d love to have you help out.)
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This Week’s Harvest:

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Microgreens, Mint, Okra, Peppers (jalapeno, sweet yellow, padron), Salad mix, Summer Squash, Sunflowers and Mixed Bouquets, Tomatoes (red slicers, cherries, and paste, plus economy bulk options) …plus our Naturally Leavened Bread and Pepper Jelly.

~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork Crew

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

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Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Summer Squash “Pasta” with Garlic & Basil
Simply Roasted Okra
Green Beans with Red Onion & Mustard Seed Vinaigrette
Green Beans with Roasted Tomatoes & Mustard Seeds
Asian Salad Dressing
Sweet Peppers – keep it simple. We love these most when diced and combined with diced tomatoes, plus a little salt and garlic.

We continue at two farmers’ markets this Saturday: South of the James in Forest Hill Park, from 8am – 12pm, and the Brandermill Green Market in Market Square from 9am – 12pm.

2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market , or at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.

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VABF Richmond Farm Tour
Richmond Biological Farm Tour Weekend: September 20 & 21, 2014

Shake the Hands that Feed You!
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 &
 21, 1 PM to 6 PM

We will be participating in this inaugural weekend of farm tours in the greater metro Richmond area. Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day — or two — of meeting farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Learn more here and stay tuned for the complete list of farms on tour.

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Farm Share & Mkt Share Ordering… 8.27.2014

Farm Share Members: You are currently signed up for our Summer Season which provides you with a share of vegetables each week through the end of September. (6 weeks of weekly goodness remain!) Sign up is now open on our website for our Fall Farm Share season, which provides you with a weekly share for the 9 Wednesdays in October and November.

Farm Share CSA Members – this week’s share will likely consist of:
Salad Mix!, Okra, Summer Squash, Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes (slicing and cherry), and Green Beans.

Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)
Summer Squash “Pasta” with Garlic & Basil
Simply Roasted Okra
Green Beans with Red Onion & Mustard Seed Vinaigrette
Green Beans with Roasted Tomatoes & Mustard Seeds
Asian Salad Dressing
Sweet Peppers – keep it simple. We love these most when diced and combined with diced tomatoes, plus a little salt and garlic.

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Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering of the following harvest for pick up on Wednesday, Aug 27 (on farm, at Good Health Herbs, or at Central Montessori School in Church Hill):

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Chard, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Mint, Okra, Peppers (padron, jalapeno, sweet yellow), Salad Mix, Summer Squash, Tomatoes…plus our Pepper Jelly, Naturally Leavened Artisan Bread, and child sized BFF Hoodies.    

** Remember our Farm Stand is open every day (as long as it’s not raining).

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork Crew